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SPORTS AGENDA: Premier League clubs need wage cuts to afford bailout

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There is a growing annoyance among executives at Premier League clubs over pressure to provide a bailout for those in the EFL. Many privately believe that funds should not be handed over until top-flight players agree to take pay cuts.

One source explained: ‘Lots of money goes into the Premier League, which is well reported, but lots of money goes out of it — most of it to players. It’s not like clubs have vast reserves of cash sitting around. Nobody at the clubs is making a killing outside of the football staff.

‘So if the salaries remain the same, where does the EFL think this money is going to come from? It’s not like the owners are pulling vast amounts out to buy themselves yachts and mansions.’

Premier League are growing annoyed over pressure to provide a bailout for those in the EFL

Premier League are growing annoyed over pressure to provide a bailout for those in the EFL

Premier League are growing annoyed over pressure to provide a bailout for those in the EFL

The bailout has been calculated by adding up the gate receipts pocketed by each club last season and would be distributed along the same lines.

While some of those promoted have reason to feel they may have seen bigger numbers through the turnstiles, the policy is broadly deemed as the fairest way.

Meanwhile, a number of clubs told the EFL that should crowds of 1,000 be allowed to return it would actually cost them money. Their argument was that the 1,000 would be made up of season ticket holders who have already paid and the extra costs of providing security, stewarding and turnstile operators would be unpalatable.

New United women selling more shirts than the men

Manchester United’s double swoop for top US Women stars Christen Press and Tobin Heath has made an immediate impact. Sales of shirts with the pair’s names on them outsold any of those of the club’s male players for the first three days after their high-profile signings.

Newport popular with pirates

With crowds not allowed in stadiums, piracy of the live streams offered by EFL clubs is on the rise. 

As expected, those in the Championship with larger followings have been targeted more. However, anti-hackers have surprisingly identified that League Two Newport County have also been among those whose matches appear to be hot property for pirates.

Newport County have been among those clubs whose matches are hot property for pirates

Newport County have been among those clubs whose matches are hot property for pirates

Newport County have been among those clubs whose matches are hot property for pirates

Godfrey sale 

No flies on the Canaries who work in Norwich’s club store. With Ben Godfrey set to complete a £25million move to Everton, the shop was quick to reduce mugs featuring the defender’s own mug to a half-price £3.50.

Deeney can’t find a way to beat this de-fence

Troy Deeney, who may be on his way out of Watford on Monday, has been given the red card by planners. The Hornets’ striker put up a 400ft-long bamboo fence without permission at his £1.5million home in the West Midlands.

After council officials were alerted, Deeney applied for retrospective consent to keep the 5ft-high boundary fencing but was told it was ‘harmful to the green belt’ and permission was denied, despite there being no objections.

Troy Deeney put up a 400ft-long bamboo fence at his home without permission

Troy Deeney put up a 400ft-long bamboo fence at his home without permission

Troy Deeney put up a 400ft-long bamboo fence at his home without permission 

Chief’s big-spending exposed

The evisceration of former Football Association of Ireland (FAI) chief executive John Delaney in the excellent new book Champagne Football includes staggering detail of wanton over-expenditure at the authority’s expense.

A lavish James Bond-style 50th birthday party which cost the authority more than €30,000 (£27,000) and payments to Susan Keegan, reported to be Delaney’s girlfriend, for arranging two matches against England are examples.

Also of interest are attempts by Delaney to cover-up his singalong about an IRA hunger striker in a Dublin pub, captured on video around the time then England boss Roy Hodgson apologised for England fans singing anti-IRA songs at a match against Scotland.

The book, written by journalists Mark Tighe and Paul Rowan, says Delaney, now living in England, was told by senior FAI management to come clean.

Instead, he enlisted the services of Keith Bishop, a UK-based PR guru who worked with Mike Ashley. Legal threats to newspapers followed before the Irish Times confirmed on its front page it was Delaney in the video.

Details have emerged regarding John Delaney's over-expenditure at the FAI's expense

Details have emerged regarding John Delaney's over-expenditure at the FAI's expense

Details have emerged regarding John Delaney’s over-expenditure at the FAI’s expense

Just one Vitality Blast quarter-final televised 

Domestic cricket fans may have been dismayed to find just one of four Vitality Blast quarter-finals shown on Sky, while the Indian Premier League took centre stage. Sky insiders say they were only ever due to cover one of the matches and agreed to the tournament being moved back in the ultimately vain hope that fans would be allowed into the grounds.

The matches were initially scheduled to start at the same time but some counties decided to play them earlier in the day given they were behind closed doors.

Richard Freeman tribunal to reconvene 

The much-delayed tribunal of former British Cycling and Team Sky medic Richard Freeman reconvenes on Tuesday. Freeman stands accused by the General Medical Council of ordering a batch of banned testosterone to British Cycling’s Manchester HQ in 2011 ‘knowing or believing’ that it was intended for an athlete, a charge he denies.

Slightly ironic, then, that the tribunal’s resumption comes less than a week after British Cycling announced the Great Britain cycling team have been given Care Quality Commission status, which recognises that the medical services team ‘operates in a regulated environment to provide riders with safe, effective, compassionate and high-quality care’.

The delayed tribunal of former Team Sky medic Richard Freeman reconvenes on Tuesday

The delayed tribunal of former Team Sky medic Richard Freeman reconvenes on Tuesday

The delayed tribunal of former Team Sky medic Richard Freeman reconvenes on Tuesday

MCC magazine to end

The MCC have annoyed members as they are set to can their magazine in what appears to be a penny-pinching measure. ‘We’ve had nothing for our membership fees this year,’ said one disgruntled egg-and-bacon tie wearer. ‘They’ve brought in the life memberships, which they’ve made a lot of money on while diluting the value of our memberships at the same time and then they get rid of one of the few perks we have.’

Sources have also disclosed that the MCC’s popular photograph of the year competition is also set to be culled. The MCC say no final decisions have been made yet.

Contributors: Matt Barlow and Paul Newman

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Matteo Guendouzi hints Arsenal career is over after ‘intense time’ and ‘two good years’

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Matteo Guendouzi has hinted that his time is up at Arsenal and the Frenchman appears resigned to a permanent move away from the club. 

He joined Hertha Berlin on loan from the Gunners during the transfer window having fallen out of favour under Mikel Arteta. 

And the language used by Guendouzi when speaking about his time at the Emirates seemed to suggest he considers that chapter of his young career over. 

Matteo Guendouzi, seen here in action for France Under-21s, hinted his Arsenal career is over

Matteo Guendouzi, seen here in action for France Under-21s, hinted his Arsenal career is over

Matteo Guendouzi, seen here in action for France Under-21s, hinted his Arsenal career is over

The 21-year-old told Kicker: ‘I played over 80 games there and had a good, intense time there.

‘I learned a lot there in terms of sport and grew up there. It was two good years for me.

‘I also had a very good relationship with Mesut Özil, and Bernd Leno, both of them told me a lot of good things about the Bundesliga.’

Guendouzi is only on loan at Hertha for the season and still has two years remaining on his Arsenal contract. 

The midfielder joined Hertha Berlin on a season-long loan deal from the Gunners

The midfielder joined Hertha Berlin on a season-long loan deal from the Gunners

The midfielder joined Hertha Berlin on a season-long loan deal from the Gunners 

Guendouzi did not play for Arsenal again after the confrontation with Neil Maupay

Guendouzi did not play for Arsenal again after the confrontation with Neil Maupay

Guendouzi did not play for Arsenal again after the confrontation with Neil Maupay 

He has not yet made an appearance for his new side having contracted coronavirus during international duty with France Under-21s and suffered with fitness issues. 

Having signed for Arsenal from Lorient in 2018 for £8million he made a bright start and established himself in the side but things started to unravel this year. 

Arteta immediately dropped the midfielder from the squad after the Maupay incident and he reportedly mocked the Brighton players about their wages in a 2-1 defeat.

Arsenal went on to win the FA Cup in August without the help of Guendouzi and later strengthened their midfield options with the deadline day addition of Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid. 

Arteta’s side are currently 11th in the table having won three and lost three of their opening six games with Manchester United up next.  

Guendouzi said he had learned a lot in an intense two-year period at the London club

Guendouzi said he had learned a lot in an intense two-year period at the London club

Guendouzi said he had learned a lot in an intense two-year period at the London club

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Liam Farrell wants to hear an angry James Graham as Wigan go for top spot v St Helens

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LIAM Farrell hopes to hear one last blast of a fierce Scouse accent – that would mean James Graham is angry.

The Wigan star goes up against the St Helens legend in a regular season derby for one last time after his opponent confirmed he is retiring at the end of the season.

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James Graham being angry would be music to the ears of Liam FarrellCredit: SWPIX.COM

But after linking up with him for England, the back rower knows just how competitive Graham can be.

He also knows that when he is annoyed, his Liverpudlian twang gets even stronger and he hopes his ears catch it tonight with Super League’s top spot on the line.

Farrell, 30, said: “James is very passionate in what he does and is very vocal.

“And when he does get angry, his Scouse accent does get stronger!

“I’ve not heard that for a while but I’d like to hear it tonight. I’m sure he feels the same way about St Helens as I do about Wigan.

 Liam Farrell believes Wigan can knock St Helens off the top of Super League

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Liam Farrell believes Wigan can knock St Helens off the top of Super LeagueCredit: SWPIX.COM

“We’ve a real good crack at going top and the ads are really keen for it. We’re more than capable of getting the win and going top.

“It would be a great time to go top as it would be ours to lose then.”

Wigan boss Adrian Lam admits Graham is the ‘ultimate competitor’ after working against him when he was involved with Australia’s staff.

But when given the choice, he would have the Warriors’ own retiring legend, Sean O’Loughlin – when asked which one he would rather have, he replied straight away: “Lockers.”

And he revealed just how close he came to moving to the NRL, adding: “I think he’d agreed in principle at one stage with Canterbury.

 James Graham has announced he is retiring at the end of the season

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James Graham has announced he is retiring at the end of the seasonCredit: ST HELENS RLFC

“That was at the height of his career and Trent Robinson, the great Sydney Roosters coach, considers him one of the best players to have ever played the game.

“I know he tried to get Sean a couple of times but he decided that wasn’t the path he wanted to take, though, but I wouldn’t swap him for the world.

“I coached against James when I was with Australia and he was outstanding. He had some special moments in Australia and has the respect of everyone over there.

“He’s one of Great Britain’s great front rowers over the past decade.”

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Willian admits he is ‘learning a lot’ from Mikel Arteta at Arsenal

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Willian insists he is learning a lot under Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta as he praised the Spaniard and his new way of playing he is adapting to.

The winger joined the Gunners on a free transfer in the summer after rejecting a new contract at Chelsea and has found adapting to life under his new coach challenging.

The Brazilian has not been able to make an impact since his two assists in the opening game against Fulham and is still waiting for his first goal in an Arsenal shirt.

Willian has admitted Mikel Arteta's tactics have occasionally left him frustrated on the pitch

Willian has admitted Mikel Arteta's tactics have occasionally left him frustrated on the pitch

Willian has admitted Mikel Arteta’s tactics have occasionally left him frustrated on the pitch

Arteta's demands his players to hold their position and wait for the ball to come to them

Arteta's demands his players to hold their position and wait for the ball to come to them

Arteta’s demands his players to hold their position and wait for the ball to come to them

Willian said he is beginning to get to grips with the demands of his manager but said it has been a steep learning curve. 

‘It’s been a cool, new experience. I hadn’t worked with a coach with that mindset,’ Willian told Globo Esporte.

‘The positional game doesn’t mean that you have no freedom on the pitch, you have the freedom to move, but many times you have to respect the position, what the coach asks, the instructions, understanding that it’ll be better for the team. 

The Brazilian insisted he is learning a lot under the Spaniard and is enjoying working with him

The Brazilian insisted he is learning a lot under the Spaniard and is enjoying working with him

The Brazilian insisted he is learning a lot under the Spaniard and is enjoying working with him

‘It may happen that you don’t touch the ball and get frustrated, but Mikel always says that, wait a minute, the ball will arrive. I’ve been learning a lot.’ 

Willian missed Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat by Leicester last weekend with a calf issue but is back in contention for tonight’s Europa League clash with Dundalk after resuming training this week. 

Arsenal got off to a winning start in Group B with a 2-1 victory over Rapid Vienna last week and will look to follow that up against their Irish opponents at the Emirates this evening. 

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